Travers Smith LLP
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Application details and method of selection
Apply online through cvMail via our website at www.traverssmith.com for a training contract commencing in either September 2020 or March 2021. Applications open on 1 October 2017 and the deadline is 31 July 2018.
Once you've applied for a training contract, if you are selected for interview, this will be held at our London office with a graduate recruitment partner who will be aiming to find out more about you.
If you are asked to attend a second interview, this will be with two graduate recruitment partners. After your interview a trainee will show you around the office and give you the chance to meet more partners, associates and trainees in the firm.
Firm description and career prospects
Travers Smith is an award-winning independent City law firm with a reputation for enterprising thinking and uncompromising quality in all of its chosen fields, and a focus on advising clients on international matters.
Competing directly with the largest City firms, we attract top-quality work but still offer a professional yet relaxed working environment providing the best of both worlds. It is this environment that has led to one of the highest staff retention rates in the City.
A very high proportion of our work has an international dimension and we accompany our clients to every corner of the globe. To do that, we have developed close ties with carefully chosen quality overseas independent law firms who share our specialist strengths and very demanding standards.
Travers Smith is defined by its independence, unique culture, deep commercial insight, progressive thinking and incomparable client experience.
Above all else, Travers Smith is a collaborative firm. We treat people with respect, allowing them to conduct business in the most effective way for clients. This has led to a climate of shared knowledge and goals, supported by a friendly, engaging team spirit.
Diversity and inclusion
At Travers Smith, we understand that each one of us is different and we value and respect this: not just in relation to gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and faith, but also in terms of background, education, working style, gender identity and family or care responsibilities.
As a leading law firm, we’re committed to leveraging these differences in order to achieve the best possible results and most effectively serve our clients and communities. We’re also convinced that a genuinely inclusive environment, where all our people feel valued and where their differences are embraced is a crucial element in maintaining and further developing a high performing business and rewarding workplace.
GDL and LPC paid in full and maintenance grant provided.
Students spend two weeks with the firm; each week they are able to experience a different department, sharing an office with partners, associates and trainee solicitors.
The workload includes attending meetings, drafting documents and letters and carrying out research. We extend our internal seminar programme to include a number of talks, case studies and negotiating exercises specifically for students to give an authentic taste of a City lawyer's work. The timetable also includes a 'City tour', plenty of sporting and social activities such as softball and mixed hockey, 'working' lunches and informal evening events.
Training contract programme
The firm’s comprehensive training programme ensures that trainees experience a broad range of work. All trainee solicitors sit with partners and associates, which ensures a refreshing lack of hierarchy. It also means that trainees receive individual and extensive training from experienced lawyers, and can look forward to client contact, and the responsibility that goes with it, from day one.
During the two-year training contract, trainees spend six months in our corporate department and another six months in either the dispute resolution or the employment departments. The firm offers you a choice for your other two seats in two of our other specialist departments. Trainees may also have the opportunity to spend six months in the firm’s Paris office.
Travers Smith is a collegiate firm – we treat people with respect, allowing them to conduct business in the most effective way for our clients. This has led to a climate of shared goals, supported by a friendly and engaging team spirit.
Corporate (London and Paris), commercial (including IP and IT), commercial real estate, competition, dispute resolution, employment, finance, financial services & markets, investment funds, operational risk & environment, pensions and tax.
Type of practice
General Commercial, Corporate & Commercial
A4ID, Legal Advice Centres, Refugees at Home, Single Homeless Project
Diversity access schemes
Aspiring Solicitors, Bright Network, City Horizons, PRIME, Rare Recruitment, Stonewall